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Better Ergonomics and Productivity for Laptop Users


The advent of the laptop has transformed our ability to work anywhere, any time. The problem is that using our laptops literally on our laps is not ergonomically sound and ends up causing us a different kind of stress: repetitive stress injuries. Check out these tips for maximizing ergonomics and productivity with your laptops.

Tips for Better Ergonomics for laptops users

When using any type of computer, your goal should be to maintain a neutral sitting position in order to reduce strain on your muscles from sitting and typing for long periods of time. This position is fairly difficult to achieve with a laptop, but a few added gadgets can provide enormous ergonomic benefits. There are three main areas that can help encourage good posture while using a laptop.

  • Keyboard: Your keyboard should rest just below the height of your elbow, sloping downward a bit, away from your body. In this "neutral" position, your can keep your hands relaxed even when reaching for the keys that are farther away.

Gadget: A wireless mini keyboard is extremely portable and flexible, allowing you to use it in the optimum typing position whether at home or on the road.

  • Chair: Next adjust your chair. Your feet should be able to rest on the floor, without any pressure behind the knees.You also need good lumbar support in the back rest. This neutral position allows the muscles in your back, arms, and shoulders to relax while you type.

Gadget: Ideally, an ergonomic chair is best because it can be adjusted to fit you. The next best option is adding adjustable lumbar support.

  • Monitor: To create the best position for your neck, your computer screen should be directly in front of you and at eye-level, so that you can clearly see it without bending you neck. This often means elevating your laptop above the surface of your desk or using a separate monitor.

Gadget: A monitor lift will raise your laptop, especially if you have a separate keyboard so you can still comfortably reach the keys. However, even docking your laptop will at least get it off your lap so your neck isn't as strained.

By adjusting these three areas, you can create the restful, neutral position essential to the health of any laptop user, which helps you be more productive with your time.